This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary from Goodreads:
Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a P.I.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it’s not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess’s greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there’s a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the “Butcher of Butchers Hill” at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
As I stated in my recent review of CHARM CITY, I’m going back in time with Laura Lippman and reading her earlier books. It’s slightly weird, after feeling like I know Tess, to go back and read her beginnings- but it’s a good weird. For the most part.
In this one- Luther Beale walks in and hires Tess. He’s out of jail after doing time for killing a kid who was vandalizing his possessions. What he presents to Tess sounds pretty straight forward- he wants to make the lives of the other kids who witnessed the crime a bit easier by giving them some money- retribution, he feels for the night that everyone’s life changed.
Old men lie, though.
Actually, this book is filled with liars. And stories that twist, turn and weave- to the point that I was not even sure what was truth and what wasn’t. And that’s the good thing about the story. I like a case where there are twists and turns- as long as everything is pretty much explained. Laura does that in BUTCHERS HILL.
While Tess does not quite have the quality that makes me love her in later books- I am glimpsing traits of that and seeing how Tess has evolved through Laura’s writing.
Bottom line: Good story. Good twists!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration by William Morrow. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T